The choice to repair an old hair transplant can be an important decision for some patients, but that once taken, can be extremely rewarding. Hair transplant techniques have improved over the years, as well as the technology used in the procedure. Today the quality offered to patients seeking a hair transplant procedure and without comparison with old techniques.
The new restorative procedures can finally give a natural appearance to the often lower results of older techniques. For many patients, the result of the initial hair transplant is a “doll hair” aspect. Today the patient may choose to completely remove these unsightly transplants (so-called “plug removal” procedure), and a new procedure can be performed using the latest methods of treatment that were previously unavailable.
There are many therapeutic options currently available for patients wanting a revision of their hair transplant. The first option is the surgical excision of the frontal line which consists in the removal of a part, if not all the root of the frontal hair. The sites of the old grafts can then be sutured and a few months after a new frontal line can be implanted but this time with modern techniques.
Tissue expansion is another method used in some fue hair transplant procedure cases where the skin of the scalp has become too tight and needs to be extended so that the entire scar that has formed from the previous surgery is excised.
Another option is the endoscopic reduction of tissue, a method personally developed by Dr. Epstein, which was designed to eliminate the furrows (thick tissue also called “pitting effect”), commonly found along the hairline where the grafts have been inserted previously. Like the frontal surgical excision, endoscopic tissue reduction is a very simple procedure with a fast recovery time of the order of 2 to 3 days.
Follicular Extraction (FUE) is a common choice for transplanting new hair after repair. This technique involves implanting additional follicular grafts in glabrous or sparse areas without causing new scarring. FUE is an excellent option for patients who wish to wear short or shorn hair as this is a minimally invasive process.
With advances in medicine, Hairmed patients can continue to enjoy the benefits of new technologies that will help them maintain a more youthful and natural appearance.